Billy Joe Saunders secures first-round win at the York Hall

PUBLISHED: 09:53 15 December 2011 | UPDATED: 11:55 15 December 2011

Billy Joe Saunders blasted out his opponent Tommy Tolan within a round

Billy Joe Saunders blasted out his opponent Tommy Tolan within a round

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HATFIELD boxer Billy Joe Saunders made light work of Tommy Tolan at the York Hall last night (Wednesday) as he stopped the Northern Irishman with just over a minute on the clock.

Southern Area Middleweight champion Saunders was a late addition to the London card, but evidently the short notice for the fight didn’t affect him as a barrage of punches saw the referee step in to end the contest in the first round.

Tolan has mixed it with the likes of 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallists Tony Jeffries and former Prizefighter champion Rocky Fielding, and so on paper this wasn’t an easy test for Billy Joe.

However the 22-year-old, who lives on the Holwell Travellers’ site in Hatfield, was too quick and too sharp for his 38-year-old opponent.

And although there were calls to let the fight go on, the fact that Tolan wasn’t throwing anything back was enough for the referee to wave it off.

In the main event, Lee Selby defended his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles with a fifth-round stoppage of Scot John Simpson.

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